Buyers' Guide » 2009

August 1, 2009
Cessna has suspended development of the Citation Columbus, but its other new
While the recession has certainly affected business jet manufacturers, only one aircraft program has been suspended so far: Cessna's large-cabin Citation Columbus.
August 1, 2009
For years, the goal of cabin electronics manufacturers has been to offer passengers the same level of communication, connectivity and entertainment that they'd enjoy at home or in the office. That goal has never been closer to reality.
August 1, 2009
You may have heard that is almost impossible to secure business jet financing these days, but to paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated. Though the feeding frenzy among aircraft lenders is over, you can still find financing if you know where to look.
August 1, 2009
You need to understand the state of the market. Premiums are at an all-time l
On a purchase-satisfaction scale of one to 10, aviation insurance fails to register even a one for most buyers. And no wonder. There's simply nothing sexy about buying a stack of papers that promise to pay for a loss you hope won't occur and which, in fact, is highly unlikely to ever happen.
August 1, 2009
One big surprise for new business jet travelers is the discovery of a strong aviation infrastructure to take care of jets and their occupants at airports all over the world.
August 1, 2009
In better times, business aviation catering can be highly lucrative, particularly during special events such as a PGA tournament or a trade convention. Now, with the economy in recession and companies and individuals cutting back their flight hours, lots of caterers are struggling just to get by.
August 1, 2009
See PDF below for the 2009 Aircraft Guide.
August 1, 2009
I'm a numbers guy, always have been. I can remember studying the stock quotes in The Wall Street Journal when I was a kid, scanning for companies I recognized and trying to recall what my father had said about the importance of each column of tiny figures.
August 1, 2009
On a recent airline flight, a CNBC reporter noted a businessman, whom he did not know, sitting one row ahead and across the aisle from him. "For nearly the entire five-hour flight from Newark to Los Angeles," the businessman's laptop computer "was wide open," wrote the reporter, who covers the pharmaceutical industry.
August 1, 2009
Charter operators employ more than 300 makes and models of business aircraft,
Corporate aviation has been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn. But the charter field may do relatively well, according to some industry insiders, as business jet travelers seek less costly alternatives to fractional jet shares and ownership of whole aircraft.

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“Ride-sharing, in the old days, was everyone hopping in the VW bus to see [the Grateful Dead’s] Jerry [Garcia]. Now it’s about getting a seat on a King Air 350i ”

-Kenny Dichter, CEO of private jet company Wheels Up, who is lining up airplanes to transport fans to three Grateful Dead farewell show in Chicago.